This month has been a BUSY month for fundraising. As a team we all pitched in and organized a captain’s dinner and fishing tournament. When all was said and done, we have around 200 items donated from area businesses, more than 20 sponsors and 17 boats registered for the tournament! One of the winners at the fishing tournament returned his portion of the prize money back to LofT218 which is the umbrella which our children’s home will fall under once non-profit status is obtained! Go God! All proceeds were split over the families going on the trip to India and we still each earned around $1,400! Isn’t that amazing! Unfortunately I really don’t have any pictures of the event except for this one that my friend took while we were setting up at the captain’s dinner last Friday night.
Let me back up to August. I was busy that month too, I guess!
It started with a Bunco! party on the 15th. I had a total of 4 tables of people who played that night and we had a blast! I even had a player who was almost a total loser (meaning she almost lost ALL rounds of ALL games!). She finished the night out with one single win which absolutely meant she got the boobie prize. As far as pictures go, Jackson took most of the pictures on his camera and then lost his cord so I don’t have pictures of the winners with their goodies but everyone made out like bandits at this get together too!
We were approached by a man in our church early in August about smoking pork shoulders/Boston Butts as a fundraiser. He has a very large smoker and said he would do the work of smoking the meat if we would buy it, bring it to his house and prepare it (season and wrap it) and then come back in the morning after it smoked for 12 hours and take it off of the smoker to deliver it all. We priced the meant and decided that was a really good idea because we could have them delivered for the Labor Day weekend. We ended up doing well on it considering the local football teams were also selling Boston Butts at the same time!
Our next fundraiser was the next day and it was my cloth diapering seminar. On my facebook event and by word of mouth confirmations, I was expecting between 10 and 15 women of all ages. When it came down to it, four women showed up. A month earlier I had one a private seminar for a couple who just had their baby a week ago yesterday (on the 18th! Congrats Walkers!) I had gotten so many corporate donations that each of the women went away with a load of gifts! Two of the women there are pregnant and have never cloth diapered before, one woman had her baby there who hadn’t cloth diapered before and the fourth woman had just started cloth diapering about a month earlier but heard about all of the amazing prizes I had to give away so she came and helped give the other girls another perspective of cloth diapering.
That got us through August. Then came September. I mentioned above about the fishing tournament and the only other fundraiser we had for September was last night (the 24th). My friend invited me into her home to share my testimony and showcase my paper bead jewelry and it went really really well. There were five women there and the hostess. Between all of those ladies purchasing Christmas gifts and gifts for themselves, I raised $310! I came home and cried to myself after being so showered with support both financially and morally. My goodness, they really warmed my heart. Michelle took pictures of last night but I don’t have them yet. I will update this entry when I get them.
I need to pause a minute to make a HUGE shout out though. When I first posted this blog post about my projected fundraising events, several people spoke up and asked how they could help. Three women in particular haven’t stopped since the day the offered. Mrs. Barbara began helping me with cakes several months ago and then helped me finish 42 cloth diapers. In the middle of all of that she took the time to learn how to make paper beads and has been on it nonstop since.
Then there’s Granny (Josh’s grandmother) and Aunt Kate (I think she’s actually Josh’s grandfather’s cousin?). I am pretty sure there are wires under their skin..those women are machines. I have yet to take them too many paper strips. I honestly am not sure how to pump out as many paper beads as they do. Barbara and I have decided they have an underground women’s club who come over at night and helps. It seems impossible the work they do, just the two of them. They have said they aren’t young enough to “go” anymore, but this is something they can do and feel like they are contributing. My word, they are contributing in HUGE ways. Look at this picture:
They have done this quantity for me twice! One time they did it over the weekend. If you have never made paper beads you don’t know that they work up really quick but take forever to do. It’s a oxymoron I realize but it’s absolutely the truth. In the hours Mrs. Barbara and I have spent working on beads, together we have never been able to turn out a whole ziplock bag before. God is working through those hands of theirs. It’s truly God’s economy of time and favor for sure. Their help has allowed me to focus on creating pieces of jewelry instead of making beads AND making jewelry. I can work much fasting knowing I have a workforce behind me. I wish there was some way to replay all three of these women. I mean I have so much gratitude for them…they are just priceless. There’s nothing I can do to repay their kindness and support. It’s like God’s grace. I don’t deserve their help or God’s grace. But there they both are. I am blessed far more than I deserve.
This next weekend, I am setting up at Old Timer’s Day on the town’s square. It’s basically a community festival which celebrates the heritage of the community. There’s a parade, food, vendors, church groups who do face paintings, games for the kids and so on. I will be there with my paper bead jewelry and cannot wait! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about it though. It is just uncharted territory for me. That will be October 3rd and 4th though the booth will only be open on the 4th.
Looking forward past that, Michelle has asked me to speak at her scrapbooking retreat on October 5th at a bed and breakfast called Petticoat Junction about 30 minutes from here. There will be 10 women there whom I have never gotten to speak with before so I am very excited about that opportunity.
I get to rest until the 18th which is when I will set up at Kimbos Wish fall festival. Kimbos Wish is a group who helps make dreams and wishes come true for local kids with severe illnesses. They are having a fall festival at Grace Baptist Church in Tullahoma complete with music entertainment, food, games, vendors, you name it. They are having door prizes and all kinds of cool things to check out. It’s a family friendly environment that you should consider attending for sure! My paper bead jewelry will be there and I’m also donating a few items for a door prize.
On the 24th of October, I will be traveling to Murfreesboro to work a Bunco! night for my friend Tina who has offered to invite her friends on my behalf! Do you see the types of friends I have? Generous, loving… My goodness God blesses me more than I deserve more times than not. We are accepting vendors there. Cover to play is $20. If you would like to set up, it’s $20 and I will waive the cover for all vendors and you still get to play Bunco! All I ask is that you donate an item to be used as a prize at the end of the night. No percentage of sales is being requested. If you are interested in either option, contact me via my facebook page, or if you know Tina, get with her. Vendors are on a first come first serve basis, no double businesses allowed and we are reserving the right to limit product time (IE: jewelry, crocheted goods, etc). Space is limited so please RSVP, ASAP!
The very next day, I will be the vendor at a team member’s Bunco which will be held here in our town. I will be playing and selling that night. She is having BBQ catered in and lots and lots of door prizes, just like I will have! Nobody leaves empty handed. Liz and her family are going to India but they are paying for THREE people to go. Just when I thought we had a big bill to pay, shew!
I believe that’s it for October as of now. If you need a speaker at a women’s event in the month of November or December, let me know now before those months fill up. I’d be happy to give my testimony about how I experienced God back in March regarding India and bring my paper bead jewelry along as well. If you would like for me to share with your friends in your home like Michelle did, I would be absolutely happy to do that as well.
I appreciate all supporters so much. Each word of encouragement and each financial support just fills my cup more than you know. It’s not easy following God’s calling some days. Some days it’s downright hard and discouraging if you want me to be completely honest. Some days I don’t think I can do it for another day. And then I get a phone call, Facebook message or text from someone which spurs me on. God tells us in the word that we are to build each other up with encouragement. I believe it’s in Matthew but don’t quote me on that. All I know is that each of you are so special to me. Thank you for everything.